A Gay Teen Comes Out, Develops Gaydar in “Love, Simon”

People griping about the glacial pace of change should take a peek at this trailer for a spring teen romance by a major Hollywood movie studio and featuring A-listers in supporting roles.

Twenty years since Matthew Shepard and “Boys Don’t Cry,” less than a decade since the creators of “The Hangover” thought “That’s gay. Don’t be so gay” was the perfect put down, and here’s a romance that isn’t built around gay bashing, bullying, etc.

Or so it would seem.

“Love, Simon” is about a boy hiding his sexuality and finding what it takes to stop hiding it. Love the joke about “everybody” should have to “come out” and inform their loved ones what their sexual preference is.

Nick Robinson has the title role, with Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel as his parents, Tony Hale. “Love, Simon” is based on the Becky Albertalli novel “Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” and opens Mar. 16.

Hollywood has been hard-pressed to manage a decent heterosexual romance in recent years. Let somebody else have a go.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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